Man Utd loanee Hannibal Mejbri misses two games in a row despite being fit

Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri will not be involved in Sevilla’s game against Osasuna, having missed their last encounter. Here’s why.

The 21-year-old joined Sevilla on loan from United earlier this month, opting to join the La Liga outfit over Everton.

While Hannibal made his debut for Sevilla in a 5-1 defeat to Girona last weekend, he was left out of the squad for the club’s midweek loss to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

And it has now been announced that he will not be involved in their league match against Osasuna on Saturday.

Hannibal’s start to life in Spain may worry members of the Old Trafford hierarchy. However, Sevilla manager Quique Sánchez Flores explained that Hannibal merely needed time to adapt to his new surroundings before being considered for first-team proceedings.

Fans were divided by Hannibal Mejbri’s goal reaction. Getty

The Spaniard said in a press conference: “After being with him, talking to him and having seen his first minutes in Girona, we are going to give him the necessary space to understand where he is, that he is at Sevilla and what it means. He has to know where he is and we want to see him.

“We have spoken with him and we believe that he has to have some time to learn, we wanted to give him space, time for him to see things from the outside and then he will return to the squad.

“In the end, they are kids who have come and suddenly landed in a huge club like Sevilla in circumstances of maximum demand. And they need a bit of location.

“And that location may be seen better from the outside than from the inside. You should take a step to understand what we want. Let’s see if the boy applies himself and I think that in the end he will understand perfectly what we want.”

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